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Politico reported last week that Mr. Cain’s second-quarter campaign expense report listed a $10,000 payment to Mr. Wurzelbacher for “events.” Ms. Carmichael said the money was for “speaking fees” and that Mr. Wurzelbacher was not a paid consultant.

HOUSE

Lawmakers unveil effort to honor aide to Giffords

Lawmakers say they hope to honor the first congressional aide murdered while performing official duties by naming a meeting room at the Capitol Visitor Center in his honor.

Gabriel Zimmerman served as the community outreach director for Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and was one of six people killed in January during a shooting rampage outside a supermarket in Tucson that wounded the three-term Democratic congresswoman.

Arizona lawmakers joined Mr. Zimmerman’s family during a news conference Wednesday announcing the effort, which will require Congress to pass a resolution.

Mr. Zimmerman’s mother, Emily Nottingham, said she hoped her son’s work and ideals would be remembered more so than his death when visitors come to the Capitol.

Lawmakers said Mr. Zimmerman epitomized the thousands of congressional aides who work to help constituents and for the public good.

WHITE HOUSE

Obama postpones sending trade pacts to Hill

President Obama is putting off sending final legislation on three key free-trade agreements to Capitol Hill until September because of the protracted talks over raising the nation’s debt limit, two people familiar with the discussions said Wednesday.

Mr. Obama’s aides were ready to send the trade deals with South Korea, Colombia and Panama to lawmakers this week, the two said. But congressional leaders from both parties asked the administration to delay the agreements until after Congress returns from its August recess. The sources spoke on the condition of anonymity because the delay has not been formally announced.

The president has been a vocal supporter of the trade deals, touting them as job creators that could give the economy a much-needed jolt. The business community and most lawmakers, particularly Republicans, have also rallied around the agreements.

NORTH CAROLINA

Edwards in $2M dispute over matching funds

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